There’s a reason why Papi Sarr and Sean Manganti were a step slow in Adamson’s defensive masterpiece over UST last weekend.
As it turns out, Sarr is nursing an illness while Manganti is recovering from a minor sprain.
“Papi is not 100%. He played with sickness. Sean is not 100%,” coach Franz Pumaren admitted after the Soaring Falcons turned back a gritty UST side at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“But in spite of them having a bad night because of various illnesses and injury, I think this is one game that we were able to prove ourselves that we play as a team.”
After exploding for 27 points in their 90-76 triumph over UE last Wednesday, Manganti was held scoreless this time, missing all seven of his shots, including six from three-point range.
Manganti was unable to hold the fort defensively, too, and took ill-advised triples, clanking them all.
On the other hand, Sarr was plagued by foul trouble and finished with just four points and seven rebounds after punishing the Red Warriors with 15 and 21 in their battle.
With the two not in peak form, Pumaren had no choice but to make adjustments.
Thankfully for him, the rest of the San Marcelino crew rose to the occasion, with Vince Magbuhos, Simon Camacho and Kristian Bernardo all turning in inspired performances to more than make up for the duo’s bad game.
“Yung injury ni Sean, yung illness ni Papi, we cannot stop those things,” he said. “But basically, Bernardo gave us a lift. Same with Camacho.”